Update for Veterinarians to be Held by ISU Extension and Outreach

Day-long event will provide hands-on demonstrations and updates on best practices


cattle grazing on pastureAMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host an update for veterinarians on May 31 at the McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton, Iowa.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m. The day will feature both hands-on demonstrations as well as updates on treatments and practices.

“The hand-on demonstrations are a new feature this year,” said Joe Sellers, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “During the afternoon sessions attendees will have an opportunity to perform a liver biopsy on cattle. The day will also feature new information on genetic testing to identify cattle who are more tolerant to grazing tall fescue.”

Morning sessions
9 a.m. – Ancillary therapies for BRD treatment; Dr. Jenna Funk, Iowa State University.

9:45 a.m. – Mineral requirements and evaluating mineral status of beef cattle; Stephanie Hansen, associate professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University.

10:30 a.m. – Genomic snip test to identify fescue tolerance in beef cattle; Diane Spurlock, AgBotanica.

11:30 a.m. – Improve vs. renovate fescue pastures; Craig Roberts, professor and extension program director, University of Missouri.

12 p.m. – Where are we on the Veterinary Feed Directive? Discussion about experiences the first four months; Dr. Chris Clark, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

1:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions, beef facilities

  • Wet lab collecting liver biopsies (hands-on); Dr. Scott Radke, Iowa State University; Dr. Grant Dewell, ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • Heifer development, young cow nutrition, managing cow nutrition on fescue; Clark and Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach; Roberts.


2:30 p.m. – Rotate to second session

4 p.m. – Adjourn

Registration fee for the event is $65 and is due by May 29; fee increases to $85 after that date. Online registration form can be downloaded from the Iowa Beef Center website.